A Sweet Potato Quesadilla and Nola’s Salsa Fresca for Cinco de Mayo

“I just want to sit and learn with someone’s grandma,” says Sherie Grillon, chef and founder of Nola’s Fresh Foods, a salsa company based in Boston. “Culinary school never interested me.” Sherie grew up in a half Italian, all Southern family in New Orleans where she was always surrounded by food and family, cooking pasta…

Baking Homemade Bread from Scratch

In the early 1900s, most packaged bread being sold was white bread, nutrition-less and high in sugar. White bread was made with bleached flour, which got rid of mold and fungus and gave it a more desirable look, but the bleaching process stripped away nutrients. During WWII when food was being rationed, getting proper nutrition was difficult,…

Sunday Brunch with Salmon Skewers and a Spinach Frittata

Some weekends beg for a big Sunday brunch, especially those weekends when the weather is perfect and stays in the 70s all morning. Today I’m cooking up a spinach frittata and sage home fries, and my husband is manning the grill where we’re making salmon kebabs. Scallions were a new addition to Oakdale Farms’ table at the farmers…

Baked Salmon over Orange Maple Beets and Carrots with Quinoa

Oakdale Farms in Rehoboth, MA, grows produce all year round. They have cold frames and indoor gardens through the winter, so the beets and carrots that I bought yesterday at the Natick Farmers Market were just picked. Cold frames are covered structures that use solar energy and insulation to create a warm environment for plants. They are…

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, A Soft Boiled Egg, and Sautéed Spinach

Eating healthy after a long day of work is so important, yet most people don’t do it. They’ll grab whatever’s on hand because it’s quick and easy, so it’s important to have healthy options made ahead of time.  I like this dish because if you break up the steps, it’s pretty simple. It’s also packed…

Acorn Squash and Spinach Salad

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I visited the Natick Community Organic Farm for Maple Magic Day. On a cold and windy day, we huddled up with other kids and adults eager to visit the farm to see how maple sap is collected and cooked down to make syrup. Even though in the weeks…

Flu season. 

Shouldn’t flu season be over by now? You wouldn’t know it by my house. We’re all sick over here.  I’m just doing the healthy thing today: getting lots of rest and making soup. I’ll probably do that tomorrow too.  I’m too deliriously tired and achey to post a new recipe today. I’ll post later this…

Acorn Squash Pancakes with Meringue Batter (No Baking Powder)

I’ve never made bread before, and I spent days looking for a recipe that was perfect. I wanted to make bread using an old school pioneering recipe, like Michael Pollan does in his book Cooked. I realized two things: one, that all the recipes I found call for baking powder or baking soda, and two, I don’t really…

Seeds

This time of year kids are starting seedlings in egg cartons and farmers are planning out their harvests. It used to be that all farmers saved seeds, but now most people buy seeds from seed catalogues. To the home gardener, a seed catalogue was probably how you started your garden unless you had family who farmed…